Wildlife surveys

Wildflower surveys are important for our conservation work

We're working with our partners to collect detailed information about the wildlife on the Commons. Surveys help us to monitor how species are doing.

We're gathering lots of information to help us get a better picture of the flora and fauna on the Commons. With the help from the Gloucestershire Amphibian and Reptile Group, the Back from the Brink project and Butterfly Conservation we're hoping to turn around the fortunes of some of the Common's most threatened species.

The Duke of Burgundy butterfly can be found on the Commons
The Duke of Burgundy butterfly can be found on the Commons
The Duke of Burgundy butterfly can be found on the Commons

Wildflower recording

The rare pasqueflower, once much more abundant in the Cotswolds, is now confined to just a few sites, including Rodborough Common. With surveys conducted by the Back from the Brink project, we're learning more about their habitat and how we manage the Commons to help them thrive.

With its long narrow leaves and white oval flowers, the narrow leaved helleborine is one of our most threatened orchids. It can also be found growing on Rodborough Common. We're looking at how we can manage the habitat to bring it back from the brink of extinction on the Commons.

The purple pasque flower
The purple pasque flower
The purple pasque flower

Beetle monitoring

The rock rose pot beetle can only be found on four other sites in the country. It was last spotted on Rodborough Common in the 1940s. Eagle-eyed volunteers will be surveying the Commons this year to see if they are still there.

Experts are convinced that the conditions are also right for the rugged oil beetle to live on the Commons. Although they haven't been seen yet, they have been found on other sites nearby. The surveys will give us proof that the habitat is right for this little beetle to thrive.

Adder surveying

We're sure adders are on the Commons but with the help of our friends from the Gloucestershire Amphibian and  Reptile Group we're hoping to prove it.

Adders like quiet spots where they won't be disturbed
Adders like quiet spots where they won't be disturbed
Adders like quiet spots where they won't be disturbed